Introducing Chocotenango



Have you ever thought about what it takes to be recognized as one of the best in the world in your particular specialty?  It’s not just talent and hard work - plenty of people have talent, and plenty work long hours.  It’s more than having access to vast financial resources as money alone does not ensure excellence either.  And it’s not just being well-studied and mastering the fundamentals – that may get you to an average level or above, but it will not put you on the world stage, recognized by your peers as one of the best at what you do.

What separates the best from the rest of the field is the ability to tap into extraordinary imaginative powers, and the dogged pursuit to bring the ideas to a reality worthy of the richness of the dream.  This means having a breadth of perspectives from life experience to tap, and an abundance of personal sacrifice to bring it to fruition.

It’s no secret that cyclists have an enhanced mental agility.  Master Chocolatier Ismael Neggaz is no exception.  He has been developing his recipes and techniques for over a decade, and his company Chocotenango has won multiple international and national awards.  He makes his chocolate right here in Washington DC by hand, which makes it even more incredible that he has achieved his level of excellence because hand tools do not afford the same level of precision as industrial machinery.  Look closely while you’re out and you may catch a glimpse of Ismael darting about town on his bicycle as he goes about putting Washington DC on the world chocolate map.

Break off a bit of a Chocotenango bar, put it on your tongue, and find something to hold on to.  Your mind will race off to the exotic places from which the exquisite combinations of tastes are derived, and after the silky flavors slowly dissipate you will be left wondering how it is possible that someone is able pack so much taste and texture into a small brown square.

BicycleSPACE is proud to announce that we have Chocotenango bars in stock at all three shops, just in time for the holidays and the winter season, available by the bar or by the case.  Stop by to try it out and tell us your story, and stay tuned to our media for Chocotenango tasting events at the shops.


Introducing Brooklyn Bicycle Co.

We're proud to introduce Brooklyn Bicycle Company. A brand dedicated to making practical bikes for getting around the city and celebrating the power of bikes to connect you to your community. That's something we can get behind! We sit down with President Ryan Zagata in our Bikes are People video series. 

Brooklyn Roebling $499

"All our bikes are named for Brooklyn streets, and this one is no different, but Roebling Street itself is named for the man who designed the Brooklyn Bridge—and here we have a bike engineered to travel farther than our bikes have ever gone: across bridges, over trails, along highways, and off-road.  Roebling is a powerful combination of sleek Brooklyn Bicycle style and 24-speed hybrid capability."

Why the BK Roebling is better:

  • Double-Butted Chromoly Steel main frame means a lighter, stronger bike

  • Puncture resistant tires mean fewer distractions and more ride time

  • Ergo grips and touring saddle mean a comfortable ride, regardless of the miles you log

  • Braze-ons for water bottle holder, front & rear fenders, front & rear racks means easy accessorizing  

Brookyln Lorimer $499

"Think of our Lorimer as a two-wheeled all-terrain vehicle--equally well-suited to a twenty-mile morning commute as it is to a full day of bike trails--engineered specifically for a woman's anatomy.  Pair a lightweight frame and 24 speeds with the sleek look you’ve come to expect from a Brooklyn Bicycle, and you’ve found your new go-to hybrid."

Why the BK Lorimer is Better:

  • Double-Butted Chromoly Steel main frame means a lighter, stronger bike
  • Puncture resistant tires mean fewer hiccups and more time in the saddle
  • Quick-release wheels mean ease of transport and maintenance
  • Ergo grips and comfort saddle mean a comfortable ride, no matter how many miles you put in

Introducing Mission Workshop

We are excited to bring Mission Workshop bags to BicycleSPACE. Designed in San Francisco, Mission Workshop produces some of the highest quality bags in the industry, with a clean no-nonsense style. Come by and check them out. 

Rucksack Sanction

Rucksack Sanction

Rummy Messenger Bag

Rummy Messenger Bag

Arkiv Field Pack 

Arkiv Field Pack 

Vandal Cargo 29L

Vandal Cargo 29L

The Mission Workshop Arkiv® Field Packs allow for the secure and simple attachment of weatherproof accessories to the exterior of the backpack. The patented Arkiv® modular system gives the bag freedom to evolve and adapt as needed. With an arsenal of accessories to choose from the Field Pack series is ready to travel. Made in the USA with a lifetime warranty. More here: